Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  What a beautiful morning.  It is cloudy and 64 degrees in Townsend at 7:35 am.  The mountains are fogged in.  I can see the tip of two peaks far away.  It feels like Fall.  The high today is supposed to be 83 degrees.  It will be cloudy all day with a chance for rain.  A small storm moved through this morning.  We had ¼” in our gauge.

Little River is rising.  Right now the flow is 85 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 114 cfs.  I don’t expect the river to rise much but I don’t know what happened in the Smokies this morning.  The water is clear right now.  The water temperature is 66 degrees.

I’ve got a feeling this will be an excellent day to fish in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Why?  Cloud cover.  Most people love sunny days.  I get excited about dark days.  Dark days are better for fly fishing. 

You might catch trout on a dry fly.  You might catch them on a nymph.  If the water is turbid where you are fishing, tie on a black Wooly Bugger.  They are bound to hit something.  Try them all.

The cooler water is going to be beneficial to us all and especially better for the trout.  Cooler water holds more dissolved oxygen.  The fish will be more active.  The water is going to be much cooler this week than we have seen in a while. 

We will probably get some more rain by the weekend.  Right now, it doesn’t look like we will get any gully washers.  More rain will be great for weekend anglers.  Friday should be overcast again.  It looks like it will be mostly cloudy on Saturday and partly cloudy on Sunday. 

I have been working 7 days a week for a few weeks.  I lost count.  We did have people on vacation.   I had things I wanted to do here, meetings to attend and working in a day off was hard.  And, when it was hot, if I took off, what would I do?  Now that the cooler weather is here, I know what I will do on a day off.  I’ll go fishing.

Dave Chouinard from Simms and Waterworks was here yesterday.  He got here at 1:00 pm and we met until 7:30 pm.  He drives that be land yacht with the fly fishing scenes wrapped around every square inch of that motor coach. 

Simms has some cool new stuff coming out next year.  New waders include the G4Z, a bombproof accessory that will last even the three day a week anglers a long time.  It features a waterproof zipper.  The G4Z sells for $799.95. 

The G4 Pro is new.  It has the same 5 layer Gore-Tex fabric on the lower more puncture prone area just like the “Z” but without the zipper.  It retails for $699.95.  Both of these models are made in Montana.  If you wear out the feet in a USA made Simms wader you can have them replaced.  You can have then re-conditioned.  All of their USA waders are made to be worked hard and they can all be reconditioned.  You will own them for a long time.  In the long haul, they are probably worth the extra cost.  You can buy other models that cost less and are USA made.  The new and improved Headwaters goes for $349.95.  They can be reconditioned in the factory too.

There are not many changes in the wading boots this year.  There are some great new rain jackets.  The new sportswear is awesome as usual.  The t-shirts look great.  We’ll be ordering those for our new t-shirt department.  The Simms vest offering has been changed dramatically.  2013 is going to be a “vest year”. 

Simms makes the best fishing caps I’ve seen.  They look even better for 2013. 

I’m excited.  By the way, our newly designed Smokies Streams T-shirts arrived from our screen printer in Nashville yesterday afternoon.  I was blown away by how awesome they look.  I’m taking all 150 of them to the embroidery folks today.  I hope to have them for sale next week. 

I have to get next year’s Simms order in by September 4th to get free shipping next year.  I like free shipping.

Dave showed me the most awesome fly fishing reel I’ve ever seen.  It is a large arbor reel made by Waterworks.  It is called the Speedster.  It will sell for under $300 I think.  It was love at first sight for me.  I do have a weakness for reels.  Dave was instrumental in the design.  This reel is narrow, large and light.  I want one for a 7 weight as soon as they are available.  We have had a great Waterworks Lamson year so far. Our pre-season order has to be at least $5,000.  The Speedster will help me get there.

For you Waterworks Lamson “Konic” fans there has been a color change and you are going to like it a lot.  Konic is one of the best reels for the money on the market today.  We sell the heck out of them.  This new one will sell even better.

Dave stayed in his motor home last night.  I saw him early this morning when I got here.  We talked for a minute then he took off to visit more dealers today.  He’s a great rep.  He’s a great guy.  We are very good friends.

The mountains are appearing.  It looks nice out there.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
August 14, 2012 

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